Fire Forces Evacuation of NorthPark Center

Mall evacuated out of abundance of caution, NorthPark reps say

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Feb 12, 2014  |  Updated 12:24 PM CDT
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Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire at NorthPark Center on Monday morning.

Ray Villeda, NBC 5 News

Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire at NorthPark Center on Monday morning.

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Fire Reported at NorthPark Center

Dallas Fire-Rescue spent part of Monday morning battling a two-alarm fire at NorthPark Center in Dallas.
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Dallas Fire-Rescue responded to a two-alarm fire at NorthPark Center in Dallas on Monday morning.

At about 10:30 a.m., smoke was visible coming from the roof after a fire at the Panda Express in the food court spread into a small attic space.

Firefighters were soon spotted on the roof, cutting a hole into the roof above the food court to battle the fire. Meanwhile, the mall was evacuated.

DFR said a grease fire started at the restaurant and spread through the Vent-a-Hood into the attic. Employees unsuccessfully tried to put out the fire.

Firefighters reported after breaching the roof at 10:55 a.m. that the fire was under control and smoke was being vented from the building.

Shoppers were allowed to return to the mall at about 11:45 a.m. The food court, except for Panda Express, also opened to customers.

In a statement released to the media, NorthPark Center said it evacuated the mall out of an abundance of caution.

Damage to the mall is estimated to be $10,500.

No injuries were reported.

NBC 5's Ray Villeda contributed to this report.

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